No Room for Christ at the Inn

A Christmas devotional from Charles Spurgeon.

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By The Stream Published on December 10, 2018

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

If you have room for Christ, then from this day forth remember the world has no room for you; for the text says not only that there was no room for him, but look —‘ There was no room for them,’ no room for Joseph, nor for Mary, any more than for the babe.

Who are his father, and mother, and sister, and brother, but those that receive his word and keep it?

So, as there was no room for the blessed virgin, nor for the reputed father, remember henceforth there is no room in this world for any true follower of Christ. There is no room for you to take your ease; no, you are to be a soldier of the cross, and you will find no ease in all your life-warfare. There is no room for you to sit down contented with your own attainments, for you are a traveler, and you are to forget the things that are behind, and press forward to that which is before; no room for you to hide your treasure in, for here the moth and rust corrupt; no room for you to put your confidence, for ‘Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.’

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From this day there will be no room for you in the world’s good opinion; they will count you to be an offscouring; no room for you in the world’s polite society; you must go outside the camp, bearing his reproach.

From this time forth, I say, if you have room for Christ, the world will hardly find room of sufferance for you; you must expect now to be laughed at; now you must wear the fool’s cap in men’s esteem; and your song must be at the very beginning of your pilgrimage—‘Thou from hence my all shall be’. There is no room for you in the worldling’s love.

Charles Spurgeon

English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)

English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)

From a sermon delivered December 21, 1862 from his Metropolitan Tabernacle pulpit.

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  • Stephen D

    Really? On one level, everyone belonging to any minority group, whose members believe they are discriminated against, could say something like this, Just change a few key words. In fact, minority groups, such as homosexuals, who believe they are excluded from full participation in a society dominated by Christian values, see Christianity as their oppressor. They are the ones for whom there is no room at the Christian inn. So we have to ask, what is it that leads Christians, in a society based on Christian values, to see themselves as a persecuted or at least an excluded minority?

    • Ray

      The truth, sir, the truth. That is the answer to your question. Find the truth. Find your answer.

    • Robert Amor

      Actually, the very heart of Christianity is acceptance of any and all who would turn to Jesus Christ in faith. Here is another quote from the same sermon that clearly explains the openness of Christianity: “So, if you desire to come to Christ you may come to him just as you are; you may come now. Whosoever among you hath the desire in his heart to trust Christ is free to do it. Jesus is free to you; he will receive you; he will welcome you with gladness, and to show this, I think, the young child was cradled in a manger. We know that sinners often imagine that they
      are shut out. Oftentimes the convicted conscience will write bitter things against itself and deny its part and lot in mercy’s stores. Brother, if God hath not shut thee out, do not shut thyself out.” –Charles Spurgeon

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